Prince Charles has been at the Philosopher-Juice, again


David Davis

I chanced upon this in the Times. Also, I find that Nick@CountingCats has done a good fisk of the silly old loon. Here’s a bit more detail about what the bugger said…

It’s a great pity really, for the poor British, who have striven mightily over the centuries to achieve something resembling the outer shell of a pre-capitalist-barbarian warlord-polity, but with “added freedom” and some goodish bolt-ons… This sort of social structure I guess gives comfort to some, if not most, people whose main past-time is trying to just get by while avoiding thinking too deeply about much.

But one of the goodish bolt-ons is that this model also delivers a modicum of personal liberty to the vast mass of the subjects – sadly often against their will. They will live to regret this lacuna in their perception of reality.

Now, however, although the British have at last painstakingly evolved, within this structure, the grand tradition of being able to get rid of their “king” and hire another one from somewhere else if they don’t like the first one, and so although they have now got a more-or-less-harmless strain of hereditary “Heads Of State”, the supposedly-chief male heir now proceeds to go batchy on Global Wireless Tele Vision – and he does it often as well, which is worse.

It’s all rather sad. If the concept of republicanism wasn’t so innately un-conservative and redolent of philosophical rootlessness, I might be more in favour of it for the British. I’ll have to reflect a bit.

MPs and social death: how many more?


David Davis

One has to wonder who’d want to be an MP these days, after all the moolah-hoo-hah. Certainly Geoff Hoon, whose name has spawned a new pejorative (I always said – from 200 onwards – how could one give a job to someone called Hoon? It, the act of hiring someone called that, defied logic and rationality) and Alastair “Eyebrows” Darling, would want to hang their heads for the rest of their lives at Toynbee Hall.

Perhaps there were fault-lines in the “system”? Or perhaps there were not, and someone clever went along and told all these guys what they could do, and get away with? But either way, the MPs set it up themselves.

I don’t think MPs ought to be paid. Anything. Nothing at all. Then we’ll only get the right type. Prince Philip would do, so long as he agreed to spank Charles every day thereafter, for gassing on mindlessly and hysterically about the rainforest.

Oh, and as I am an upside-down-Gramscian, lefty pop singers and their wives, and anybody at all who supports AGW, need not be selected either. Given the choice, Constituency Associations, who would have to be either shopkeepers, or any other sort of Masterless Men, would probably give them a wide berth naturally.

Not the real Endarkenment, then…


David Davis

Poor, sad, tormented Prince Charles is at it again: not actually the Green Custard, but the blathering on about “climate change”, this time in front of the Pope.

Oh, the irony! The fulfilment of his wish will bring about precisely what he fears. Really, the world is upside down.

And why do women persist in covering their heads in fromt of the Pope? It just plays into the hands of certain pre-capitalist tribalisms, and shoots us all in the foot.

Charles is a crank, and astonishingly unfit to be Head of State, but it’s no reason to scrag his outfit over his dodgy herbal remedies, if people want to waste their own money.


Caveat Emptor…

David Davis

This caught my eye just now, and I for one am always pleased to see overpriced and no-better-than-the-competition stuff get egged and floured.

However, there are some principles going on here. In may cases we don’t _really_ know if stuff like Hypericum extract, or “dandelion tincture” have any effect on snything or not. It’s most probable in the face of decades of evidence that they don’t, with the possible exception of things like willow bark extract (for pre-aspirin-like compounds.)

But if people wish to spend their money this way, the ought to be allowed to, and the seller perhaps ought to be allowed to tell them what he thinks the gear does. If it does not, they will stop buying it, and if enough do, he will go bust or delete the brand. Problem solved.

And this sentence was wonderful:-

Similarly Duchy Herbals Echina-Relief Tincture is a “traditional herbal medicinal product used to relive  (sic) the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections.”

Brilliant George Pitcher (not often) on Prince Charles and artificial life forms


David Davis

Here it is, go read the whole thing. In fact it’s so good that I’ll paste it here. If Pitcher objects, I’ll just leave up the link.

 

Posted By: George Pitcher at Mar 13, 2009 at 14:03:58 [General

I’m waiting for Prince Charles to say that he’s very worried about thebreakthrough by American scientists in creating “artificial life”. His Royal Highness has form on this; in his worldview, genetics and stem-cell research are activities conducted by mad Dr Strangeloves with crazed disregard for the future of the human race. And, please, don’t anyone say “Frankenstein”. 

According to Professor David Deamer of California University, we should have the ability to create a synthetic lifeform from scratch within 10 years. A made-to-order living system could, he claims, produce everything from new drugs to biofuels and greenhouse gas absorbers. 

Some religious alarmists will say this is a step towards synthetic, test-tube humans and, as such, an abomination and a hellish bid by arrogant scientists to usurp God’s creation. Indeed, the scientists don’t help their case in this regard by referring to the advance as “a second genesis”. 

It’s nothing of the sort, of course. There was only one genesis of the human race. I don’t mean the Bible account; I simply mean that the development of the human race was a unique event. This is not a creationist argument – I’m saying that the human mind is of such potential that its ability to create life itself is inevitable. 

In theological terms, the ability of the human species to defeat its own disease and threats to the existence of the planet is a service to the Kingdom of God, to which all three Abrahamic faiths aspire in one form or another. You could go so far as to suggest that these research scientists are not so much building lifeforms as building that Kingdom. 

The artificial creation of human life is another matter. But also so far off as to be hypothetical. And by the time we’re able to do that, our ethical standards should have developed sufficiently, God willing, not to need to do so. 

Meanwhile, the scientists of California are to be applauded, even by Prince Charles.